We've known for a while that Notes isn't just for typing any more, but with iOS 11 there have been some updates here and there you might not know about!

On iPhone and iPad, you can add sketches — separate squares that you draw into with your finger, stylus or, on iPad Pro, with an Apple Pencil. It's a great way to add multi-color, multi-pen diagrams, illustrations, and art to your notes.

Here's how to become a Note sketching master!

How to find the sketch pad in Notes for iPhone and iPad

Let's look how to find the sketching options in Notes. We'll start from scratch with a new note:

  1. Launch Notes from your Home screen.
  2. Tap the New Note button in the bottom right corner.
  3. Tap on the white space to bring up the keyboard.
  4. Tap the pen in the circle to bring up your sketch-pad drawing options.

You can now select from a pencil, pen, highlighter, eraser and more to sketch whatever you want!

How to use the sketch pad for Notes on iPhone and iPad

On the top row, from left to right, you've got undo and redo buttons, rotate counter-clockwise, and the share button.

But it's the bottom row where the real fun begins, with the pen, marker/highlighter, pencil, ruler, eraser and color picker tools.

Pen, Marker and pencil tools

  1. Select the drawing tool you want to draw with.
  2. Use your finger or stylus to draw on the sketchpad.

With the 3D Touch, you can control the stroke with the pressure of your touch. If you're using an older iPhone, the stroke will only be affected by your drawing speed, with a quick swipe with the pen tool will create a thin line, while a quick swipe with the pencil will create a thinner, lighter stroke.

The marker tool doesn't appear to be affected by drawing speed, but you can layer your marker strokes to achieve a richer, fuller color.

How to select colors in Notes sketch pad for iPhone and iPad

  1. Tap the Color Selector tool, located next to the eraser.
  2. Tap the color you would like to draw with.

How to share your sketches from Notes on iPhone and iPad

So you've created a masterpiece in Notes, and now you want to share it with friends and family. Of course it's easy to do so.

  1. Tap Done when you're happy with your final sketch.
  2. Tap the Share icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap the icon of the service you want to share to, or tap the icon of the action you want to perform.

On the top row of icons, you'll see share the available share options. Swipe left and tap More to see other compatible apps on your phone.

The bottom row include the available action extensions.

What do you think?

Do you have any questions or thoughts about the sketching abilities in the Notes app? Let us know in the comments below!

Updated October 2017: This article has been updated to include screens and information from the most recent version of iOS.

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